Physalis Gigantea seeds - Eye catching perennial with statement with bright orange paper lanterns - wonderful statement cut flower in the autumn. Also known as winter cherry and cape gooseberry.
Physalis alkekengi var franchetii 'Gigantea'
Approx 20 seeds
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Physalis - stepping away from being the resturant dessert decoration of choice in the 1990s - to an absolute statement cut flower! no accessories needed a few big billowing stems of these in autumn is all you need.
How to make these beauties grow
How: Surface sow and cover lightly. Light required for germination. Likes warm temperatures for germination (20-25degrees).
Height: upto 1m+
Where: Full sun
Pick: When lanterns are fully formed. Can also be left to skeletise over winter.
Notes From The Garden
Only edible when fully ripe. Unripe fruits are toxic.
Recommend growing in pots - spreads via underground rhizomes so can be invasive and difficult to eradicate once established. Treat it as you would mint.
Photo: Urban Jungle UK